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Green Your SPIRIT and The Hippocrates Health Institute launched the POP Campaign to keep our voices and choices alive, keep organic standards pure, keep ourselves and others informed and educated and take action to preserve organic power and purity...

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Exciting Pre-Launch: MOMS4POP supports the education and research of The POP Campaign. MOMS4POP is a fundraising strategy where Moms can support the research and educational efforts of the POP Campaign while establishing a revenue stream for themselves.

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UPDATE 3/4:  ““It was the best of Bills, it was the worst of Bills.” Charles Dickens if he were looking at Washington GMO Labeling Bil Today

(You’ll always call your Senators and voice your support: 202-224-3121) Senators Merkley, Leahy, Tester, Feinstein introduce a GMO labeling bill – S 2621. This legislation ensures that consumers can find GMO labeling on food packaging while ensuring that food producers are not subject to confusing or conflicting labeling requirements throughout the Country. Introduced in the Senate HELP Committee.  We do not know when a hearing is scheduled.

Senator Roberts railroaded through the Agriculture Committee Bill 2609 – yes – the meeting took about an hour and he asked for a vote (11 to 6) before he even heard comments from all of the Senators.  This bill amends the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national VOLUNTARY labeling standard for bioengineered foods, and for other purposes.

Really funny in the hearing is that, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, himself a corn and soybean farmer, spoke and seemed to establish a new standard for safety in science – that he as a farmer goes out into the field to check if the crop is ready for harvest by popping corn kernels or soy in his mouth and that he is perfectly healthy!

Oh my…….. move over Donald.

Other Senators who were opposed, realizing the futility of the situation, simply spoke of their opposition but saved their push back for another time….possibly even a Senate floor fight.

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29 February 2016

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow

United States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20510-2204

Dear Senator Stabenow:

The POP Campaign is a non-profit organization focused on protecting the organic standards of our food supply, educating the public and policy makers about the importance of high quality foods and the role these foods and their nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals have on our overall well-being and the health and well-being of our children and future generations. We believe an informed consumer is an empowered consumer; that informed and supported moms and pops will ensure healthy generations of children.

We believe that a mandatory labeling provision suggested during the Agriculture Committee’s October 2015 hearing is needed.

We strongly are requesting that a mandatory labeling provision be suggested that all baby food for babies under the age of three years old be labeled GMO within three (3) years.

Protect me, I am important

We agree with the vast majority of Americans and global citizens who are concerned about the dramatic reliance in our agriculture community of genetically modified crops and the associated pesticides used with them.  Sadly, in the United States, soy, corn and wheat farms are almost all GMO crops. We are losing heritage crops and diversity in seed strains.

While the companies that produce genetically modified seeds and associated pesticides want legislators and the public to believe there is scientific consensus on the safety and benefit of their products; this assertion is false.  Hundreds of scientists world-wide have expressed concern that GMO crops have not been proven safe for animal or human consumption and that regulators have failed to validate the safety by relaxing the safety standards in order to accommodate powerful corporate organizations with deep friendships across the political landscape.

We appreciate the stance you took in 2015 to stop the speedy advance of legislation that would entrench in law a voluntary standard for GMO food labeling, while superseding the more stringent state laws already passed. We know you will make history with a provision to minimally protect babies for generations to come.

The ‘Chairman’s Mark’ draft bill that has been posted on the Senate Agriculture Committee website is a ‘dream bill’ for industry and blatantly ignores the desires of the public. It is not fair to consumers. Consumers in the United States should be afforded the same level of information on their food labels as the 64 countries that have already mandated GMO ingredient labeling, without causing major food producers any discernible burden, or driving food prices up.

In speaking with your staff, we know you are working hard to develop a strategy for mandatory labeling, and know that a party line vote may over rule your actions on the committee.  In looking for a fallback position, and because there is no scientific evidence that provides any measure of comfort to American parents on the safety of GMO food ingredients for a developing infant and toddler, we would like to suggest/request that you put forth an amendment to mandate that all infant formulas and baby/toddler foods have mandatory labeling of biotech (GMO) food ingredients.

While we want all foods to have mandatory labeling; infant formula and baby/toddler foods may be the only source of nourishment for infants and toddlers.  Moms and Pops need the ability to find out if their baby’s formula, cereals and other foods were made with GMO ingredients so they can make an informed decision for their child.

Let’s give American children a chance at quality health.

Thank you for this consideration.

Sincerely,

Rudhi Leonardi

The POP Campaign

Moms4POP

415-999-9414

www.popcampaign.org

cc  Senator Diane Feinstein

Senator Barbara Boxer

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TIME TO ACT QUICKLY – Committee Hearing March 1

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 10:02 AM
posted by Rudi

UPDATE: The Senate Ag Committee DELAY meeting to MARCH 1 to mark up a bill to preempt states’ rights and to prevent Vermont’s GMO labeling law to go into effect on July 1, 2016. We know there are Senators who will vote to label and will introduce measures….. we all need to come together to make a difference here for generations to come.

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CONGRATS – Our Community Stepped Up…and you have a Victory

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 04:12 PM
posted by Rudi

Congratulations Everyone….YOU DID IT. We stopped the GMO language from being in the Budget–not an easy feat. Your voice counts and was heard. Together, we made a huge statement and helped move a mountain. The next phase will occur in January – in the mean time, happy holidays….and please keep us in mind for any year-end donations. We celebrate you and seek to protect our lifestyle and your children and theirs. SEE THE PRESS RELEASE BELOW:

For Immediate Release Contact: Rudi Leonardi at 1-415-999-9414
December 16, 2015 Email: Rudi@popcampaign.org

The POP Campaign Congratulates Congress for Standing Firm with Americans and Not Inserting GMO Rider into Omnibus Spending Bill

The POP Campaign (Preserve Organic Power) is pleased that Congress stood firmly with all of you and the American public and did not insert the GMO Rider into the Omnibus Spending Bill.

“Congratulations to our community on this huge big step. There is NO scientific consensus that GE foods are safe for human consumption. Published evidence validating safety for human consumption remains insufficient. We will remain vigilant in 2016 and do whatever we can to ensure quality food and choices for you and our children“ Brian Clement, Director of the Hippocrates Health Institute stated.

For 20 years, the American people have overwhelming desired to have the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE or GMO) foods. A misguided FDA has taken their cues from industry and refused. A recent survey found that 9 of 10 consumers wanted this transparency in their food labeling. Now they are beginning to listen to the challenges by you as concerned parents and conscious consumers. We will keep up our voice that “Quality Food is a Human Right”.

The POP Campaign particularly wants to thank Senators Debbie Stabenow and Jon Tester for taking a strong and public stand against using the must pass Omnibus Bill as a vehicle to pre-empt the laws of state and local jurisdictions. This leaves GMO labeling voluntary at the federal level until it is taken up in 2016. We also thank the Senate as a whole for not agreeing with Industry’s supported Pompeo Bill HR 1599.

We also want to thank all of the other legislators involved in this battle for consumers and children including Senators Boxer, Feinstein, Leahy, Merkley, and Mikulski as well as Representatives Defazio, Polis and Young. We want to thank Speaker Ryan, Minority Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid for working with these legislators on behalf of American families.

While this is a major victory for the American people, we realize the issue is not entirely resolved. In 2016, Congress likely will address genetically engineered food labeling issues. The POP Campaign stands with all of you is standing firm that all foods from apples and alfalfa, corn, soy, and wheat to salmon that are genetically engineered should be labeled clearly.’ You, as consumers in the United States who care about this issue, like consumers in more than 60 countries around the world, have a right to make informed purchasing decisions at your grocery store. The POP Campaign and the Hippocrates Health Institute and our networks will do everything to support this right.

A mandatory labeling system is an easy, can-do solution for the federal government. If Congress does not want to mandate this, then leave the issue to the states.

A very special thanks to our on the ground voice in DC, Beth Clay, for her diligent efforts in keeping our presence live during these tipping points.

For more information about the POP Campaign, including its initiatives to ensure that baby food is labeled, please visit our FB page, website, and make a donation – you count and we voice your concernshttp://popcampaign.orgGinger 11

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Short Extension: Call NOW as Budget Deadline is Postponed until approx Dec 15th-16th

Thursday, December 10, 2015 @ 03:12 PM
posted by Rudi

Heads Up: An extension was put through so Congress will work on the budget over the weekend and publish it on Monday and vote shortly after that – at least their goal.  Presumably Speaker Ryan said there would be a 3-day rule for review by the public so it appears there will be a vote next Wed or Thursday.   The Monsanto, Grocery Manufacturers and other BIG monied corporations and associations are pulling out all of the stops to get their protections in this year. Keep the calls coming and stand up for your health  and that of your children.

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CONGRESS EXTENDS till DEC 15th keep the pressure up –

GMO SENATE CHESS GAME WITH OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES TO SAVE MONSANTO – BAD GAMBLE – Speak out for your family, your children & theirs. Keep the heat turned up – before December 15th, call your Senators today @ (202) 224-3121…….join with the POP Campaign in asking that NO GMO food labeling language (or DARK ACT rider) be included in the Omnibus Budget Bill or any other legislation this year. (NOTE: We support mandatory GMO labeling not voluntary.) Call your Senators & Representatives today……. Call (202) 224-3121. WE CAN make a difference – Act Now to SAVE OUR CHILDREN Let’s Make History Together
PLEASE donate $20 to POP Campaign – http://popcampaign.org

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Save Our Children and theirs…..Speak out for your family history….label their food, they need to know! 
 
Call Today with a Clear Message:  I join with the POP Campaign in asking that no GMO food labeling language be included in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill due, or any other legislation this year. (We support GMO labeling but this leaves GMO labeling voluntary at this time.) Call your legislators today…the Switchboard number is:  (202) 224-3121. (NOTE: The operator will connect you to Congressional offices.  Also, use social media, (Facebook, Twitter) to reach out to your legislators online and send the same message.) You CAN make a difference – Act Now!

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December is a time when lots of shenanigans can take place in legislation and the legislative process. This year, Congress has a deadline of December 11 to pass an Omnibus Appropriations Bill to avoid a government shutdown. Republicans who have control of both the House and Senate know that shutting the government down, especially weeks before Christmas, can have devastating political consequences in the next election cycle and they do not want to see that happen. So timing is now!
 
The industry written legislation introduced by Congressman Pompeo  (HR 1599 Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015) passed the House a few months ago. It does not yet have a Senate companion bill and is not likely to see passage by year’s end. Monsanto and its industry partners are pushing legislators to insert the core provisions of HR1599 – the state laws pre-emption and the voluntary labeling sections –  into the must pass Omnibus bill.  
 
Senator Stabenow, a ranking member on the Agriculture Committee, so far has not agreed to this insertion, but she needs more legislators in both the House and Senate to oppose the industry’s aggressive actions. These attempts are to use the Omnibus bill as their vehicle to shut down the state and local GMO labeling laws and to keep consumers in the dark about what is in our foods. Let’s stand up now and Save Our Children and theirs…..make this part of your family history….label their food, they need to know! 
 
Let’s make history together – please donate $20 to POP Campaign – http://popcampaign.org
            Call your legislators today @ (202) 224-3121 

 

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Dear Friends and Colleagues…… before the Senate Votes in December! 

LET’S SPEAK OUT….DONATE…..SAVE OUR CHILDREN…@  http://popcampaign.org 
                  & GO MAD – GO Motivate GO Advocate & GO Donate…..  
To SAVE OUR CHILDREN.  food labels are necessary so we can easily make healthy choices.As parents supporting the POP CAMPAIGN, Preserve Organic Power, it is up to us to act to protect our children’s health and their children’s health and to protect our rights for truth in labeling. YES we are all busy and yet, this issue is too important to leave to someone else to do for us.

THREE – yes 3 easy things to do today to SAVE OUR CHILDREN!   We then will know that we did what we could for generations to come….

 1.  M = MOTIVATE – As Moms and Dads, We Motivate

Working Together we mobilize. How?  Act ourselves. Then, forward this to 3 other Moms or Dads (or groups) who have children and please MOTIVATE them

 to step up now             •  to speak out now                • to care now

about their children’s future…….let’s get the word out in a big way to  SAVE OUR CHILDREN.

Call your Senators at 202- 224-3121 to vote & support mandatory GMO labeling…. validate our message that parents nationwide demand mandatory labeling….for all food…Don’t keep us in the Dark …. especially for baby food for children under the age of 3 years.

Mention the POP Campaign – Preserve Organic Power – POP has Beth Clay, a mom of 4, in DC engaging directly with the Senate and  White House…keeping our message alive.

2. A = ADVOCATE – As Moms and Dads, We Advocate

TODAY WE CAN take the time to have our voices heard when it really counts – NOW!

TODAY WE CAN  connect as “the People” with other parents for a BIG  – YES for GMO LABLES

TODAY WE CAN post on Senators’ Social media outlets to label GMOs and to help us

                                          “SAVE OUR CHILDREN”

 3. DONATE – As Moms and Dads, We Donate

The POP Campaign and MOMs4POP Need Your Help to continue our presence in DC and continued raising your voice on these issues.  We are asking everyone to donate at least $20 to our non-profit campaign.  (Large donations of course are welcomed – thank you).

PLEASE DONATE here @   http://popcampaign.org   Make a difference for you & your Children

SAVE OUR CHILDREN….LET’S GO MAD TOGETHER

LET’S MAKE HISTORY 

      LET’S STAND TOGETHER to

               PUSH TO MANDATE GMO LABELING…….NOW Label our food last-1

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GMO Salmon Approved for Consumption

Thursday, November 19, 2015 @ 03:11 PM
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Federal regulators on Thursday, November 19,2015,  approved a genetically engineered salmon as fit for consumption, clearing the last major obstacle for the first genetically altered animal to reach American supermarkets and dinner tables.20salmon-web1-master675

The approval by the Food and Drug Administration caps a long struggle for AquaBounty Technologies, the small company that first applied for approval in the 1990s. The agency made its initial determination that the fish would be safe to eat and for the environment more than five years ago.

The approval of the salmon has been fiercely opposed by some consumer and environmental groups, which have argued that the safety studies were inadequate and that wild salmon populations might be affected if the genetically engineered fish were to escape into the oceans and rivers.

Within hours of the agency’s decision, one consumer advocacy group, the Center for Food Safety, said it and other organizations would file a lawsuit to try to rescind the approval.

“This unfortunate, historic decision disregards the vast majority of consumers, many independent scientists, numerous members of Congress and salmon growers around the world, who have voiced strong opposition,” Wenonah Hauter, executive director of the group Food and Water Watch, said in a statement Thursday.

The AquAdvantage salmon, as it is known, is an Atlantic salmon that has been genetically modified so that it grows to market size faster than a conventionally farmed salmon.

“The F.D.A. has thoroughly analyzed and evaluated the data and information submitted by AquaBounty regarding the AquAdvantage salmon and determined that they have met the regulatory requirements for approval, including that food from the fish is safe to eat,” Bernadette Dunham, director of the agency’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in a statement.

F.D.A. officials said Thursday that the process took so long because it was the first approval of its kind. People involved in the application suspect the Obama administration delayed approval because it was wary of a political backlash.

The officials said the fish would not have to be labeled as being genetically engineered, a policy consistent with its stance on foods made from genetically engineered crops. However, it issued draft guidance as to wording that companies could use to voluntarily label the salmon as genetically engineered or to label other salmon as not genetically engineered.

Ronald Stotish, the chief executive of AquaBounty, which is majority owned by Intrexon Corporation, said he was delighted and somewhat surprised by the approval after all this time.

“We have been in this process for a very long time, working constructively and patiently wait for approval,’’ he said in an interview. “Now, we are ready to get on with our business.’’

However, Mr. Stotish declined to say what the plans were for bringing the fish to market, other than that the salmon would not be in stores immediately because it would take about two years for even these fast-growing salmon to reach market size. It is also not likely there will be much of the salmon on the market because the approved production facilities, which are in Panama, has the capacity to produce only about 100 tons of fish a year, a tiny amount compared with the roughly 300,000 tons of Atlantic salmon the United States imports each year, he said.00

Mr. Stotish said he did not know if approval was still needed from Panama to export the fish. “I have not asked that question, but I will, now that I have U.S. approval,’’ he said.

It is not clear how well the salmon will sell. Some leading supermarkets have already said, in response to environmentalists, that they have no plans to sell the salmon.

The F.D.A. does not require labels for genetically engineered foods. If genetic engineering results in a material change in a food — such as altering its nutrient content — the altered nutrition would be mentioned on the label, but not the fact that genetic engineering was used. In the case of the salmon, agency officials said, there were no meaningful differences between the engineered salmon and its conventional counterpart.

Certain consumer groups and organic food companies have been seeking in Washington and in state legislatures to require labeling of genetically engineered foods, and the approval of the salmon could galvanize their efforts. In addition to its draft guidance for voluntarily labeling salmon, the F.D.A. on Thursday released final guidance, years in the making, for how to voluntarily label food as to whether it was made from genetically engineered crops.

The fish are supposed to be raised inland, in contained tanks, to lessen the chances that they will escape into the wild. AquaBounty says this will also be less stressful on the environment than using pens in the ocean. And it could eventually allow the fish to be raised in the United States, rather than being imported, as most farmed Atlantic salmon is. Mr. Stotish has said in the past that organizations in the United States were interested in doing so.

For now, however, the fish are being raised in Panama, from eggs produced in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Approval to breed or raise the salmon elsewhere, for marketing to Americans, would require separate approvals.

Mr. Stotish said AquaBounty had applied for approval to market the salmon in Canada and Panama and would consider trying to sell it in other countries as well.

The approval could help other efforts to develop genetically modified animals. Scientists and biotechnology industry executives have complained that the long, unexplained delay in approving the salmon was a deterrent to the field. Several other attempts to develop genetically engineered animals for consumption, like a pig whose manure would be less polluting, have fallen by the wayside.

Now, however, there has been a surge of interest in developing new genetically altered farm animals and pets because new techniques, including one known as Crispr-Cas9, allow scientists to edit animal genomes rather than add genes from other species. That has made it far easier to create altered animals.

Scientists in China, for instance, recently created goats with more muscle and longer hair. Researchers in Scotland used gene editing to create pigs resistant to African swine fever. It is not clear yet whether animals created this way would even fall under F.D.A. regulation.

The AquAdvantage salmon contains a growth hormone gene from the chinook salmon and a genetic switch from the ocean pout, an eel-like creature, that keeps the transplanted gene continuously active, whereas the salmon’s own growth hormone gene is active only parts of the year. The company has said the fish can grow to market weight in as little as half the time of a conventionally farmed salmon.

Opponents of the fish say that if the bigger fish were to escape, they could outcompete wild salmon for food or mates. Other scientists have dismissed these concerns. The F.D.A. said on Thursday that there were multiple physical barriers in the Canada and Panama facilities to prevent this. The salmon are also made sterile to prevent reproduction in the event they do escape, although the sterilization technique is not foolproof.

AquaBounty first applied for approval of the salmon in the 1990s, but it took years to determine what data would be needed and how the salmon would be regulated. In 2010, the F.D.A. tentatively concluded the fish would be safe for people and the environment. In September of that year, an advisory committee found some fault with the F.D.A.’s analysis but did not in general challenge the overall conclusions. Then in December 2012, the F.D.A. released a draft environmental assessment that also concluded that salmon would pose little risk to the environment.

The F.D.A. regulates genetically engineered animals as veterinary drugs, using the argument that the gene inserted into the animal meets the definition of a drug. Critics have branded this an inadequate solution intended to squeeze a new technology into an old regulatory framework. They say the F.D.A. is not as qualified as other government agencies to do environmental assessments. The White House is now reviewing the entire framework for regulating genetically engineered products.

The F.D.A. said that to approve the salmon, it determined that the fish was safe to eat, that the inserted genetic elements did not harm the fish itself, and that the company had adequately proved that the salmon grew faster.

AquaBounty, which is based in Maynard, Mass., has long struggled to raise enough money to stay in business. It is now majority owned by Intrexon, a company started by the biotechnology entrepreneur Randal J. Kirk to pursue synthetic biology, a term for sophisticated genetic engineering.

Intrexon has also acquired the company that developed a recently approved genetically modified apple resistant to browning and a British company working on genetically modified insects, such as mosquitoes that might be tested in the Florida Keys as a way to prevent dengue fever. Shares of Intexon were up 7 percent early Thursday afternoon.

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BACON, HAM & SAUSAGES “as big a cancer threat as smoking” WHO to warn

Monday, October 26, 2015 @ 09:10 AM
posted by Rudi

The WHO is expected to publish a report listing processed meat as a cancer-causing substance with the highest of five possible rankings

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When meat is preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or by adding preservatives, cancer-causing substances (carcinogens) can be formed Photo: Alamy
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Global health experts are to warn that bacon, ham and sausages are as big a cancer threat as cigarettes, it has been reported.

“The WCRF advises that people can reduce their bowel cancer risk by eating no more than 500g (cooked weight) per week of red meat, such as beef, pork and lamb”

The World Health Organisation(WHO) will publish a report on Monday on the dangers of eating processed meats.

It is expected to list processed meat as a cancer-causing substance, while fresh red meat is also expected to be regarded as bad for health, the Daily Mail said.

The classifications, by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, are believed to regard processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans”, the highest of five possible rankings, shared with alcohol, asbestos, arsenic and cigarettes.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has warned for several years that there is “strong evidence” that consuming a lot of red meat can cause bowel cancer.

• Gene increases cancer risk posed by processed meat

It also says there is “strong evidence” that processed meats – even in smaller quantities – increase cancer risk.

One possible reason is that the compound that gives red meat its colour, haem, may damage the lining of the bowel.

In addition, when meat is preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or by adding preservatives, cancer-causing substances (carcinogens) can be formed.

Studies also show that people who eat a lot of red meat tend to eat fewer plant-based foods that protect against cancer.

The WCRF advises that people can reduce their bowel cancer risk by eating no more than 500g (cooked weight) per week of red meat, such as beef, pork and lamb.

It also says people should eat processed meats such as ham, bacon and salami as little as possible.

Burger King's bacon double cheeseburger, coming soon to a home near youHamburgers count as red meat  Photo: burgerking.co.uk

Foods like hamburgers, minced beef, pork chops and roast lamb are also regarded as red meat.

As a rough guide, the WCRF says 500g of cooked red meat is the same as 700g of raw red meat.

• Processed meat blamed for one in 30 early deaths

Processed meat is meat which has been preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or by the addition of preservatives.

Examples include ham, bacon, pastrami and salami, as well as hot dogs and some sausages.

How much red meat do we eat?

The average person in the UK has 2.5oz (70g) meat a day 3oz (88g) among men, 2oz (52g) among women) but 33 per cent have more than 3.5oz (100g) a day.

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